Two Charged with Using Medicaid Money for Personal Expenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Two top officials in a nursing home management company are being charged with defrauding Medicaid.

The two are accused of using more than $2.75 million in Medicaid reimbursements for personal expenses.

Medicaid is the safety net health care program for the poor.

The attorney general alleges that Council on Aging of Florida CEO Maxcine Darville and Assistant CEO Joanne Carter used Medicaid money on excessive salaries, mortgage payments and cell phone bills.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said Darville and Carter surrendered Monday and bonded out that same day.

They are both charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony. If convicted the pair could spend 30 years in prison.

Attorneys for the pair said they strongly deny any wrongdoing and intend to fight the case.